I woke up at 7:30 am and got right out of bed. Today will be a fairly busy day. We have a meeting with the agency coordinator this morning, we have to book out travel, and we go and get our official invitation to the orphanage at 5:00 pm. I am writing this at the internet cafe at the city's main post office. It is located in the main square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) of downtown Kiev. The two other couples are on their way this morning to visit the other orphanages. Like us, they are traveling to the eastern side of the country.
When we had our meeting with the coordinator, we found out some incredible news. We are going to be flying tomorrow morning (Thursday). We will visit the orphange, observe the child and then interact with her. Then, if we choose to go forward with the adoption, we will be coming back to Kiev on Friday for her medical. Any child adopted from the Ukraine must be given an examination by one of three Canadian doctors registered with our Embassy. Then if everything works out we will go back across country on Saturday to set our court appearance which could happen shortly thereafter. After the court appearance, there is a mandatory 10 day waiting period (including weekends and holidays) before final approval is given. Then I guess it means we come back to Canada. We could be back as soon as early in the new year...or as we say over here, back in time for Christmas on January 7th.
Well, that's going to be it for now. I expect that the next couple of days will be a whirlwind so I am not sure if I will get a chance to update this blog for a while. Keep checking back and keep your fingers crossed that everything works out for us. We are going to do a bit of shopping and head back to have a little rest before our next appointment at 5:00 pm. It is raining outside and very mild yet I remembered that our hometown Christmas Concert was last night or maybe tonight. Well, it certainly feels like we have received a tremendous Christmas gift over here. We miss everyone and can't wait to get back home to see you all. By the way, happy birthday to our neice Kelci who turns seven today.